Our long-time reader, commenter, and news tipster Reader From Chicago sends this guest-essay with his overview of the luminaries of the “Intellectual Dark Web”.
The True Intellectual Dark Web
by Reader From Chicago
On May 8, 2018, The New York Times published an opinion piece entitled “Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web”.
The intellectuals presented in that piece have little in common with each other politically. One is a feminist. Another is a anti-Trump conservative. Nevertheless, according to the article, they have some qualities in common:
But they all share three distinct qualities. First, they are willing to disagree ferociously, but talk civilly, about nearly every meaningful subject: religion, abortion, immigration, the nature of consciousness. Second, in an age in which popular feelings about the way things ought to be often override facts about the way things actually are, each is determined to resist parroting what’s politically convenient. And third, some have paid for this commitment by being purged from institutions that have become increasingly hostile to unorthodox thought — and have found receptive audiences elsewhere.
This essay is a response to that article. It will attempt to present intellectuals who better exemplify the three qualities listed above. Furthermore, the intellectuals presented in this essay could be described as intellectuals of the anti-globalist Right. You will not see them published in The Weekly Standard or in the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal. They present their views in online magazines, YouTube videos, and self-published books.
The New York Times article is an attempt at misdirection. The intellectuals propped up by that article as thought leaders might disagree with the Left in some cases. But that group does not come out against globalism. The Times article attempts to drive attention away from anti-globalist thinkers.
Steve Sailer writes about race relations, gender issues, politics, immigration, IQ, genetics, movies, and sports for online magazines such as VDARE.com, Taki’s Magazine, and The Unz Review. In an article published in November 2000, “GOP Future Depends on Winning Larger Share of the White Vote”, Steve Sailer argued that instead of trying to increase their share of the minority vote, Republicans would do better by increasing their share of the white vote.
This ‘Sailer strategy’ was shown to be correct. In 2000, George W. Bush was elected with 271 Electoral College votes. In 2004, he won re-election with 286 Electoral College votes.
Donald Trump’s views on immigration, trade, and foreign policy were meant to appeal to the white working class. Trump lost some states that Bush won in 2004, but Trump won others that were lost by Bush. Trump’s 304 Electoral College votes beat what Bush received in 2000 and 2004. Steve Sailer showed more political savvy than well-paid political consultants.
Steven Sailer is responsible for coining the phrase ‘invade the world, invite the world.’ That pithy phrase describes the policy of the Republican establishment, which is tied to two special interests: the military-industrial complex and big business. Globalism serves their interests, and harms the interests of a majority of the population.
Paul Joseph Watson is writer and editor at Infowars.com. He calls himself a classical liberal on his Twitter profile. He has numerous YouTube videos, and at this time has 1,333,989 subscribers.
As might be expected, he is commenting on the de-platforming of his employer. He opposed Trump’s airstrikes on Syria. His attacks on idiocy on Twitter I find entertaining. But the ratio of idiocy to sensibleness on Twitter is much in idiocy’s favor. He has done videos about the explosion in migrant crime in Europe. In one of his videos about migrant crime, “The Cultural Enrichment of Germany”, he shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a Muslim headdress.
His videos about the crappiness of modern art I think show high creative thinking. In these videos he discusses works of art which include, but are not limited to, the following: red scribbles on a canvas, cardboard boxes glued to a wall, an unfinished jigsaw puzzle, nails hammered into a piece of burlap, and Yoko Ono screaming.
Tarl Warwick, known by his screen name Styxhexenhammer666, presents his views in internet videos and postings, and self published books. The reader of this essay, upon seeing Tarl Warwick’s screen name, might be concerned. His views have changed over time. In a YouTube video, he explains why he left Satanism and now is into paganism and occultism.
His videos are generally supportive of Trump. Yet he has given one of the best criticisms of Trump’s policies: the Space Force. It is a sign of the intellectual poverty of the Left that the best criticisms of Trump come not from the Left, but from the Right. In his video “Thoughts on the Space Force” he says he is 75% opposed to it on libertarian principles and pragmatic principles and 25% of him — the scifi part — thinks it would be kinda cool to have space marines and stuff.
Fjordman is active in the counter-jihad movement, self-published a book entitled Defeating Eurabia, and wrote numerous essays for publications such as The Gatestone Institute and Gates of Vienna. Fjordman is a giant among us.
Instead of touching upon his counter-jihad writings, this essay will bring attention to his thoughts on a non-jihad subject that are (1) interesting and (2) true. In his essay “What is the Cause of Low Birth Rates?”, which was published by Gates of Vienna, Fjordman considers the possible causes for low birth rates in First World countries. Fjordman wrote: “Among the reasons frequently cited are the welfare state, feminism and secularism. However, if you look closely at the statistics from various countries, the picture gets quite complex, and there doesn’t appear to be an automatic correlation between low birth rates and any one of these factors.”